Hurricane Dorian threatens the US

Sunday Sept. 1 2019 8:40

Sunday Sept. 1 2019 8:40

A striking satellite image of Grand Bahama Island shows vast areas of the island under water after Hurricane Dorian passed through the region on Monday.

Earlier this week Dorian pummeled parts of the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, leaving widespread devastation.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for.

According to Fox13's Mark Wilson, an airport on Grand Abaco Island was totally covered in water.

President Donald Trump extended his condolences to the families of the five confirmed victims in the Bahamas on Sunday and urged Americans "to heed all warnings and evacuation orders from local authorities". We have seen the winds, tropical-storm-force winds go from about 120 miles from the center all the way to 175 miles from the center, so much larger, with time, moving ever so slowly, 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, still off the Florida coast.

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Dorian is forecast to take a clockwise path around the outside of that high, which would send it directly toward Florida. In addition, the highest high tides of the year, known as "king tides", are expected this weekend in parts of Florida.

"The eyewall of Dorian continues to move away from Grand Bahama Island".

The Miami-based weather center says turn toward the north is forecast by Wednesday evening, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast on Thursday morning. "On this track, the core of extremely unsafe Hurricane Dorian will gradually move north of Grand Bahama Island through this evening", the NHC added. Maximum sustained winds are being clocked at 110 miles per hour.

The core of Dorian will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast through Wednesday night.

Dorian has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane but continues to batter the Bahamas as it remains nearly at a standstill.

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